This is a story to break hearts and make you turn pages. It's great stuff; pick it up, you'll want to know what happens next.
Much of the fun of these books comes from the construction of a far, far-future space-opera... the mapping of Age of Sail tropes onto space travel is just the start... Nevertheless, at the centre of this baroque masquerade party resides a sober consideration of what it might mean to go off adventuring, what it might cost.
Reynolds is easily one of the modern masters of science fiction... addictive, page-turning stuff.
Pirates in space, full of peril and high-jinks... This is a novel that's elegantly plotted, full of surprises and, as first time round, rip-roaring fun.